The following is a list of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have written books that have reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. In light of the many wonderful comments and suggestions I have received, the list of LDS Authors who reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list has expanded to include authors from the following categories: Non-fiction, Adult fiction, Children’s chapter Books and Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous. If there is an author you believe I have missed or think should be mentioned as a notable LDS author write a comment or send me an email: [email protected].
Stephenie Meyer has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and boasts three blockbuster films based on her novels and two more set for release in the next two years. In November 2009 Time magazine reported, "Altogether (Meyer's) books have spent 235 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, 136 of them at No. 1."
Aside from her famed Twilight series, her novel "The Host" also hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Notable to LDS church members is a review of Meyer's work in BYU Studies titled, "Book of Mormon Stories that Steph Meyer Tells to Me: LDS Themes in the 'Twilight Saga' and 'The Host.'"
Glenn Beck's "The Overton Window," "An Inconvenient Book" and "The Christmas Sweater" have all hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in their respective categories. Beck, a media mogul, has also written: "Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government," "Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds" and "Big Government and Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure," among others. An interesting Deseret News profile of Beck can be found here.
Jason Wright co-authored "The Christmas Sweater" with Glenn Beck; the book hit No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in November 2008. Wright has also gained national notoriety for his other bestsellers "The Wednesday Letters" and "Christmas Jars."
Wright writes a column "Wright Words" for Mormon Times, a section of the Deseret News.
Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy author who in 2007 was selected to finish "The Wheel of Time" series. After the death of Robert Jordan, the original author of "The Wheel of Time" series, Jordan's widow chose Sanderson to finish off the series after reading his other work. In 2009, the novel "The Gathering Storm" reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, and "Towers of Midnight" did the same in 2010 — both books are part of Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series.
Richard Paul Evans' first book was "The Christmas Box." After being picked up by a major national publisher in 1995, the novel reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list.
Brandon Mull is known for his hit "Fablehaven" Series. Notably, Mull's recent release "Beyonders: A World Without Heroes" reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. For more on Mull, read LDS Living's article on the author.
Mitt Romney's "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness" debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. Romney is currently considered the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. He is also the author of "Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games."
Christin Feehan is a romance novelist who has authored over 40 books. Her 2008 novel "Dark Curse" reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, and the following year her novel "Dark Slayer" also reached No. 1 on the list. Both novels are part of the author’s "Dark Series."
Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and the book hit No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous. Covey has written several other notable books.
Linda and Richard Eyre have authored several books on parenting, and their book "Teaching Your Children Values" reached No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous in the May of 1993. They also contribute a column to the Deseret News.
Betty J. Eadie's book about her near death experiences, "Embraced By the Light" reached No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list. At the time the book was published she was identified as a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" and "Speaker for the Dead" both won science fiction's top awards, the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
W. Cleon Skousen's "The Naked Communist" and "The Naked Capitalist" both made the New York Times' bestseller list. His book, the "The 5,000 Year Leap" is still selling well today.
Gordon B. Hinckley's "Standing for Something" also spent time on the New York Times' bestsellers list.
Brenda Novak is a best-selling romance novelist.
Anne Perry is a best-selling author of detective fiction and a convert to the LDS Church. To read more about her interesting life click here.